Older overweight children 'consume fewer calories than healthy peers'

10 September 2012

Older children who are overweight may actually consume fewer calories than their peers of a normal weight, new research has suggested.

A new study by University of North Carolina School of Medicine scientists discovered that while younger children who are overweight or obese consume more calories per day than those of a healthy weight, this is reversed among those between the ages of nine and 17.

Lead author Asheley Cockrell Skinner said: "For many children, obesity may begin by eating more in early childhood. Then as they get older, they continue to be obese without eating any more than their healthy weight peers."

She noted that one reason for this could be that overweight children are less active than healthy weight kids.

Furthermore, Ms Skinner added that previous research has shown that obesity is "not a simple matter of overweight people eating more", but that the body has complex processes in how it reacts to the amount of food eaten and the amount of activity pursued.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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